Uniting the Sunshine Coast Community

Pivot Youth on the Edge Team group photo

October 1, 2023

Summary Reports of our Business and Community Youth Forums

In the spirit of encouraging community action and spurring initiatives to address the critical issues of addiction and homelessness, our non-profit society recently hosted two impactful events on the Sunshine Coast. These gatherings aimed to give a voice to both our business community and our youth, who are both impacted by homelessness and addiction. Increasing our understanding of these issues and taking action to solve them is essential to our community’s well-being. The concern and care shown by those who attended both events in great numbers was confirmation of our strong community’s heart and readiness for action. Here is a short recap of these events. We invite you to read our summary reports, which will delve deeper into the insights and ideas generated during these sessions.

1. Business Impact Session

Date: September 26, 2023

At our first event, the Business Impact Session, over 60 participants, including business owners, public officials, and law enforcement officers, shared the challenges they face due to the impacts of homelessness and addiction. Privately sponsored by PIVOT Society in collaboration with the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, this event aimed to stimulate open dialogue, identify mid-term goals, and explore potential activities and strategies. The insights shared emphasize the urgent need for coordinated efforts to understand and address these challenges effectively.

2. Community Youth Forum: Youth on the Edge

Date: September 27, 2023

Our second event, the Youth on the Edge: Empowering Voices, Inspiring Community was a powerful and moving gathering that showcased the experiences of local “Youth on the Edge” through youth performers, followed by a showcase of a few local “for youth by youth initiatives”. Attendees, including many community leaders, were guided into group discussions on how to support youth to keep them off the path of homelessness and addiction. This information has resulted in a YOUTH FORUM ACTION REPORT which is currently being shared.

Highlights Video from Youth on the Edge Forum

Youth on the Edge Highlight Video

The Impact and Next Steps

Both events were well attended and resounding successes, not only in terms of engagement but also in their ability to inspire action. Both events made it clear, our community cares about its members and compassion at both events was high. The Business Impact Session engaged community leaders to address gaps in addressing homelessness and addiction’s impact on local businesses. Meanwhile, the Youth Forum moved attendees to embrace a greater sense of empathy and responsibility for the youth in our community. From both events, the connections made and experiences shared will be taken by all who attended out into the community to help turn the dial towards a more positive future.

Explore More with our Summary Reports

We believe that the insights and ideas generated during these events hold the potential to create meaningful change on the Sunshine Coast. That’s why we’re excited to release these comprehensive reports to those on our mailing list, and out community at large. They provide an in-depth analysis of the discussions, outcomes, and actionable steps derived from the events.

We encourage you to keep an eye on our website and watch for email updates regarding next steps from these reports. Your continued support and engagement are vital in our mission to build a safer, more compassionate, and stronger community for everyone.

Youth on the Edge Summary Report

Business Impact Session Summary Report


Our recent community events have ignited a spark of awareness and action on the Sunshine Coast. By addressing critical issues head-on and inspiring collaboration, we believe that we are taking significant steps toward positive change. We are immensely grateful to all those who attended and contributed to these events. It is clear our community needs more opportunities to connect in this way. Stay connected with us through our email newsletter for our further updates, and together, we can make our community a better place for everyone.

Thank You!